Share Paper: Localized Low-Tech Solutions During Cov19: Open Content for Development

  1. Tiffany Ivins, Community Development Network, United States
  2. Drew Bayles, Brigham Young University, United States
  3. Heather Phipps, Brigham Young University, United States
Wednesday, October 28 11:30-11:45 AM Room 7

Abstract: COVID-19 has accelerated access to educational technologies in many areas, Indeed, a growing culture of connectivity has led to ubiquitous transformation of home/work/school (remote jobs, distance learning, virtual doctor exams, and a plethora of other vital necessities). The worldwide pandemic has also amplified inequitable access and exacerbated the digital divide for students on the fringe. Global/societal transformations triggered by Cov19 now reveal that millions of people lack functional Information-Communication-&-Technology (ICT) skills, reliable internet, and comprehensive/adaptable support-networks. In the pandemic’s wake, the haves and have-nots are not only segregated by socio-economic lines, (male/female; rural/urban, developed/developing and skilled/unskilled); more than ever before, ...